• Tarnation
    2 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Tarnation Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Nearly impossible to watch, thoroughly unpleasant yet strangely arresting.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A documentary on the making and selling of Tarnation - its most fascinating selling points - could have been more cohesive and compelling than the movie itself.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2004
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Tarnation coalesces into a pop-art diary, the self-made soap opera, the arthouse version of a reality show. A fascinating but bloated movie.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: C-

June 22, 2004
Phil Hall

Hey, it's not every 11-year-old boy who wants to grow up to be Ellen Burstyn.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 0/4

October 6, 2004
Donald J. Levit
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'Tarnation' does not engage the spectator. One is uncomfortable but, with no point from which to approach, no more than that.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 23, 2004
Rachel Gordon

feels as if it was thrown together, that an amateur was looking for ways to learn about new gadgets

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 21, 2004
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Often this is like watching a film by a Diane Arbus who grew up in the video age.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 22, 2004


Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Both deeply touching and aesthetically powerful.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 9, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is a remarkable film, immediate, urgent, angry, poetic and stubbornly hopeful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 15, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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In making beautiful peace with a difficult past, Caouette has delivered a promising vision of a future.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 10, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Caouette lifts his story clear out of the victimized whine that bogs down so many confessional memoirs and offers the viewer instead an intimate look inside his ravaged yet loving head, at once street-smart and haloed by the naiveté of a young saint.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 14, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Background is provided by affectless, unemotional words that seem to float on-screen, adding to the sense of dislocation, of fractured fairy tale.

| Original Score: B+

November 14, 2004
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Witness his hilarious high school musical rendition of David Lynch's Blue Velvet: much like the documentary itself, it's a heartbreaking, beautiful monstrosity.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2012
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

Here's hoping your kids' home movies never look like this.

| Original Score: A-

April 8, 2005
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Not only very good indeed, but something bracingly new: a home-movie phantasmagoria that's simultaneously an uncompromising autobiographical confession, saga of tragic family dysfunction, touching love story, and hypnotic avant-garde collage.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 11, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's just devastating stuff.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 26, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A fluid, emotionally acute movie full of soul and raw energy.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 18, 2004
Todd Gilchrist

The images are hypnotic and unnerving, elevating what might have been a masturbatory exercise into something transcendent and genuinely moving.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

October 12, 2004
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A twisted pastiche of pain, suffering, and narcissistic indulgence.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2005
Michael Szymanski
December 19, 2004
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
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Boston Phoenix
October 19, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 3, 2004

Sydney Morning Herald
July 15, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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